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Entertaining and threatening in equal measure. This is a twisted tale full of humour, calamity and of murderous intent set in a vast and menacing mansion, which lovers of Lemony Snicket, Spiderwick and the Addams family will devour virtually in a sitting. Heirs to a vast fortune, Lorelli and Ovid Thornthwaite are twins but that doesn’t make them friends. In fact, each is determined to kill the other. But there are other evil intentions at work too and the twins have to deal with killer bears and rampaging bears as they fight for their joint survival while each protects themselves from the other. Brilliant cover image, which tells brilliantly the reality that is sibling rivalry!!! For slightly younger readers then why not try the Dragon Detective Agency, the publishers call this Raymond Chandler for 9 year olds!!!


The Thornthwaite Inheritance by

Ovid and Lorelli Thornthwaite are 13 year old twins and have been trying to kill each other for so long that neither twin can remember which act of attempted murder came first. But whoever struck first, trying to take each other's lives is simply what they do. Until one day a lawyer arrives at their house to take stock of its contents, and his accompanying son attracts their attention. Soon a new battle evolves - one in which the twins have to work together to solve the mystery of their parents' deaths. Can Lorelli and Ovid overcome their old animosities, and will they ever get to finish that game of chess?


'Beautifully simple comic ideas that children instantly love ... This is a book certain to make family holidays go with a bang'

'Blackly comic, with its compelling cover and all the fun of taking sibling rivalry to a fantastical extreme, this book is surely material for a film'

's Book of the week, The Times 'Unputdownable story with a cracking mixture of humour, menace and adventure'

'Permeated by an ironic and original humour ... there is much for a young reader to relish'

About the Author

Gareth P. Jones is the author of the Dragon Detective Agency series. Gareth's first novel, The Case of the Missing Cats, was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize. He lives in London.

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288 pages


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Publication date

6th July 2009




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